Proposed Bill Requires Teens to See Psychologist for Plastic Surgery

Princess 19 on 18 Nov 2011 at 2:00pm

Not everyone thinks teens can handle plastic surgery.  If you are under 18 and live in Austria, you may soon have to visit the psychologist first.

It was reported recently that the Health Minister of Austria, Alois Stöger, would like to impose stricter rules on the plastic surgery industry.  He is proposing to pass a bill making surgeries for teens not as readily available and even quite difficult if a teen is even considering it.  The toughest restriction proposed is that anyone under the age of 18 must visit a psychologist before going under the knife.  The supposition here is that maybe the teen has a form of body dysmorphic disorder, aka BDD.

But, that's not all he wants to impose.  Here are some other things he would like to enforce:

  • No plastic surgery "give-aways" or raffle prizes targeted towards teens
  • No surgeries can be performed for anyone under the age of 14
  • Teens should be allowed to cancel any surgery scheduled within a week without surcharges

The bill supposes that teens, in particular, are perceived not to be old enough to make this sound decision - as well as perceived to be unhappy and thus, turning to surgery.  But, do you agree?

In the US, many teens have had very happy results from plastic surgery stemming from things such as bullying, obesity, or just plain peer pressure to fit in.  In fact, it is on the rise.  But, at the end of the day, they are still minors so parents/guardians will have some involvement.

In the end, Stöger's main concern with proposing the bill was the booming and uncontrolled popularity of plastic surgery in Austria.  Hmmm...He should try just being the health minister in California.  Pretty sure he would have a tough time passing anything there.

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